Zebrafish As A Screening Tool For Psychoactive Incenses | 18106
ISSN: 2155-6105

Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy
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Zebrafish as a screening tool for psychoactive incenses

3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Addiction Research & Therapy

JosG Ortiz

Accepted Abstracts: J Addict Res Ther

DOI: 10.4172/2155-6105.S1.019

The safety and effectiveness of natural products is understudied in spite of their rising popularity. In addition to being a source of drugs of abuse, natural products have been attributed with palliative/curative properties (i.e., Ibogaine). However, their efficacy and safety are scarcely known. Herbal marijuana alternatives are readily available in spite of their psychoactive potential. We have examined the effects of Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa , a possible ingredient in some incense) on seizure latency (pentylenetetrazole), on anxiety (open field) and on social interaction (shoaling) in the zebrafish (D. rerio). Kratom has potent proconvulsant effects and interferes with social interaction. Anxiety, however, is not affected. We have identified a similar pharmacological profile in a sample of one of the commercially available incenses. We have not identified the components of these samples; however zebrafish may prove useful as a screening tool for possible psychoactive products

Jos GOrtiz completed PhD from the University of Connecticut and Postdoctoral studies from Yale University. He has received several awards and honors. In addition of being an engaged in Pharmacology teaching and research, he has been very active in promoting Neuroscience in Latin America and the Caribbean